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NIACC faces Iowa Central in NJCAA Region XI-B tournament Friday

niacc_trojans_logoBOONE – The fifth-seeded NIACC softball team faces third-seeded Iowa Central at 4 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the NJCAA Region XI-B tournament.

The winner of the NIACC/Iowa Central game faces second-seed DMACC or sixth-seed Iowa Lakes at 2 p.m. Saturday. The loser of the NIACC/Iowa Central game faces the DMACC/Iowa Lakes loser at noon on Saturday in the double-elimination tournament.

NIACC (17-28 overall, 8-16 in the ICCAC) was 0-4 against Iowa Central (40-17, 15-9) in the ICCAC season and also dropped a pair of nonconference games to the Tritons.
The championship game is set for noon on Sunday with a second championship game if necessary set for 2 p.m.

Top-seed Kirkwood, fourth-seed Southwestern and seventh-seed Ellsworth play in the NJCAA Region XI-A tournament on Saturday and Sunday in Cedar Rapids.

The winner of the NJCAA Region XI-A championship hosts the winner of NJCAA Region IX in the district G chamionship and the winner of the NJCAA Region XI-B championship plays at the NJCAA Region XIII winner in the district H championship.

The winners of the district titles advance to the NJCAA Division II World Series May 13-16 in Clinton, Miss.

NJCAA Region XI-B tournament
Friday’s games
2 p.m. (Game 1) – (2) DMACC (43-8 overall, 21-3 in ICCAC) vs. (6) Iowa Lakes (8-29, 5-19)
4 p.m. (Game 2) – (3) Iowa Central (40-17, 15-9) vs. (5) NIACC (17-28, 8-16)
Saturday’s games
Noon (Game 3) – DMACC/Iowa Lakes loser vs. Iowa Central/NIACC loser
2 p.m. (Game 4) – DMACC/Iowa Lakes winner vs. Iowa Central/NIACC winner
4 p.m. (Game 5) – Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser
Sunday’s games
Noon (Game 6) – Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner
2 p.m. (Game 7) – Second championship game, if necessary.

NIACC’s statistical leaders: Batting average – Brittani Sanchez .435, Tricia Notermann .374, Janae Annetts .374. Hits – Notermann 55, Allison Scott 49, Young 42, Sanchez 40. Runs – Notermann 40, Sanchez 35, Annetts 33, Scott 31, . Doubles – Notermann 15, Sanchez 13. Triples – Sanchez 3, Makayla Van Cleave 33. Home runs – Young 8, Sanchez 7, Notermann 6, Kelsey Nilges 6. RBIs – Nilges 41, Young 38, Sanchez 26, Scott 25. Stolen bases – Notermann 13, Sanchez 13, Van Cleave 13. Wins – Rebecca Huberty 8-11. Strikeouts – Huberty 58, Katie LaBuda 47.

NIACC vs. Iowa Central
Feb. 13 – Iowa Central 11, NIACC 8
Feb. 27 – Iowa Central 5, NIACC 3
March 25 – Iowa Central 9, NIACC 6
March 25 – Iowa Central 13, NIACC 0 (5)
April 8 – Iowa Central 16, NIACC 14 (8)
April 8 – Iowa Central 13, NIACC 4 (5)

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